Officer Patrick Connor, 56 and a 10-year veteran of the force, resigned late Wednesday, July 11, the day before he was to explain the incident at an Internal Affairs disciplinary hearing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The forest preserve district says officials continue to investigate the incident.
Mia Irizarry says she was trying to celebrate her 24th birthday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County last month when the man approached her asking her why she was wearing the sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt, which also had "Puerto Rico" written below the V neckline.
But the video makes clear that we all have to step up to defend the United States from this tide of bullying, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia, and stand up for what America is really all about.
In the video, Trybus can be seen approaching the woman and pointing at her shirt as he berates her. Irizarry is heard telling Trybus that Puerto Rico is part of the United States as he approaches her multiple times.
A much longer video - around 36 minutes - shows Connor taking a statement from the woman and her brother, but after additional officers arrive at the scene.
"Officer, officer, I feel highly uncomfortable", Irizarry tells Connor, who does not appear to respond to her as he is addressed, and can be seen turning his back and walking toward his police auto. Trybus is charged with assault, and police said those charges could be updated to include a hate crime. An officer is seen in the background, but doesn't appear to intervene when the situation escalates. The Tribune said these are "enhancements" on prior charges of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.
'That officer did absolutely nothing he did absolutely zero, ' she says in the clip.
"His personnel file will reflect that this officer did not resign in good standing, with a note indicating that he left the district with discipline pending", the park agency's general superintendent, Arnold Randall, said Thursday.
In a statement Thursday, Forest Preserve Supt.
Prior to his resignation, Conner had been placed on desk duty in the wake of the June 14 harassment incident. I am troubled by the initial response by the officer who was on the scene.
On Twitter, he said: "We can not allow those who do not understand America's greatness to terrorize people due to their background".
The island of Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory.
'The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity, ' Rosello continued in a separate tweet.
Randall said the Forest Preserve refunded Irizarry permit fee and apologized. This is not the America we all believe in'.
She said the incident went on much longer than the video showed, even after Trybus was in custody and placed in a squad auto.
But it's critical for us to also agree that words and thoughts being expressed by people in America right now, people with voices that reach millions, can contribute to such despicable actions.